How to Stay Warm during Winter for Less Money - dummies

How to Stay Warm during Winter for Less Money

If your heating bills are getting you down, consider these suggestions for keeping your home warm without breaking the bank. Stay cozy-warm and still save money on your heating bills:

  • Turn down the thermostat. The simplest way to save money on heating is to turn down your furnace a couple degrees.

    Lower the temperature even further at night when you’re sleeping. Toss on an extra blanket if you’re still a bit chilled.

  • Close the vents and doors in rooms that aren’t in use for long periods of time.

  • A ceiling fan set to push air down keeps warm air circulating to the lower regions of the house.

  • Let steamy air from the bathroom escape into the rest of the house after a shower.

  • Add a layer of air between your windows and the great outdoors (the air insulates much better than the window glass alone).

    • If you have storm windows, use them.

    • Stretch thick sheets of plastic across the inside of your window frames.

    • Hang heavy curtains that you can pull closed at night.

      During the day, open your curtains, especially those on southern windows, for passive solar heating.

    • Use a draft stopper at the bottom of outside doors. You can make one, buy an inexpensive one, or roll up a bathroom towel and place it next to the bottom of the door.

    • Close the flue on your fireplace when you’re not using it.

      Leaving a fireplace flue open is like having a vacuum hose hooked to your house, sucking the warm air right out the chimney.